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Friday, September 15, 2006

Invasion!

You know we have illegal immigration problems when law enforcement here in the hinterlands finds itself rounding them up. The news:
Illegal aliens arrested in Wytheville
Wayne Quesenberry, The Wytheville Enterprise

Driving through Wytheville with expired tags led to the arrest of three illegal aliens Monday. Various charges were lodged against the Hispanic males following the 4:05 p.m. incident.

According to Capt. Rick Arnold of the Wytheville Police Department, an officer noticed the vehicle and stopped it at 380 W. Main St. He was given a false driver's license by the operator, Bernardo Hernandez, 41, of Piney Creek, N.C. (
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As these things seem to go these days, we can expect to see this bunch back in the neighborhood sometime soon:
Arnold reported that two of the men had been previously deported from the United States.
Good grief ...

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The Great Unraveling
The Examiner reports from Keene, N.H., on a John Kerry campaign rally. Seriously, this article was published today, not in 2003 or '04! Reverting to 1971 form, he is lashing out at fellow Vietnam veterans:

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being "Swift-Boated" all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

"I'm prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other," he declares. "I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive."

The Swift Boat Veterans do not seem bowed by the threat of a Kerry keister kicking:

Kerry's tough talk triggers laughter from John O'Neill, a fellow Vietnam veteran who helped found Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth and wrote a blistering 2004 book on Kerry, "Unfit for Command."

"Well, he's got eight times as much time to prepare for us as he spent in Vietnam," says O'Neill, referring to Kerry's short tour of duty.

Heck, after President Kerry finishes off the Swift Boat veterans, maybe he can go back to Vietnam and finally vanquish Charlie.

-- James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today," September 14, 2006 (link)

Chickens Come Home To Roost

When controversy erupted several months ago over those Danish cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed in an unfavorable light, I argued that the newspaper responsible for them should pull the offending cartoons and should apologize. It was my feeling at the time, one that went against the general consensus in the blogosphere, that I would be offended if someone trashed my religion in a cartoon too and therefore I sided with the Islamic world (but didn't kill anyone because of my opinion) and asked the cartoonist and the Danish paper to knock it off.

Well, those of you who argued in support of the newspaper's justification for printing the blasphemous cartoons aren't, I hope, going to argue against the University of Virginia when it comes to the latest offense:
University paper hit for Jesus cartoons
The Washington Times

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Cartoons featuring Jesus Christ that ran in a student newspaper at the University of Virginia have prompted a barrage of e-mails to the paper and school from people who think the comics are blasphemous.

The university and the Cavalier Daily have received more than 2,000 messages about the cartoons, primarily from people outside the university, U.Va. spokeswoman Carol Wood said.

The Jesus cartoons drawn by a U.Va. student ran in the Aug. 23 and 24 editions of the Cavalier Daily. "Christ on a Cartesian Coordinate Plane" depicted the figure of Jesus crucified on X and Y axes of a mathematical graph.

"A Nativity Ob-scene" showed Joseph and the Virgin Mary talking about Mary's rash, with her saying, "I swear, it was immaculately transmitted!" (
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One could have predicted this.

I brought this latest flap up the other day to point out how highly hypocritical it was of the student newspaper to not apologize for offending Christians with its publication of these cartoons while at the same time apologizing to Muslims just months ago for publishing cartoons that apparently offended them.

Aside from that though, if we are going to be consistent, we either need to argue that both offending acts are acceptable in civilized society or that neither is to be condoned.

I come down on the side of religious tolerance.

A Senatorial Outrage

The Geneva Conventions are treaties among civilized nations that were formulated so as to establish humanitarian rules in time of war for, among other things, the proper treatment of uniformed military prisoners. They do not apply to terrorists.

But a majority of the elderly and infirm then occupying space on the Supreme Court felt differently several months ago.

So President Bush followed the dictates of the court and went to Congress for a clarification of the American position on the Conventions as they apply to terrorists, imprisonment, and interrogation.

And now the Armed Services Committee in the Senate, lead by my United States Senator, refuses.

We might as well surrender.

The outrageous details:
Republicans defy Bush over detainees
By Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times


Defiant Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee bucked President Bush yesterday and approved a bill for detention and trial of foreign terrorism suspects that Mr. Bush says would compromise the war on terrorism.

The president insisted that he will not accept a bill that ties the CIA's hands or puts classified information at risk, and urged Congress to pass a proposal similar to what he submitted instead.

Led by Sen. John McCain of Arizona and committee Chairman John W. Warner of Virginia, four Republicans joined the panel's 11 Democrats to support a bill that gives terrorism detainees broader civil rights than Mr. Bush has proposed. (
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McCain and Warner (one who has acted shamefully on too many other matters as well in recent years), along with every Democrat on the committee, are pushing to provide terrorists "broader civil rights," rights that sane people who are serious about fighting and winning a war would never be willing to bestow.

Democrats have lined up on the side of the terrorists - that's no secret. But for McCain and John Warner, both of whom are throwbacks from a bygone era, both of whom are hereby condemned, to join the Democrats in this shameful enterprise is a scandal.

If we let people like Warner and McCain take charge of the war all hope is lost.

On The Gay Marriage Amendment Straw Man

The opponents of the gay marriage ban amendment here in Virginia have tried to twist the issue into one involving non-gays. They contend (not that they really care) that the amendment goes well beyond the issue of homosexuals being allowed to wed. Bob McDonnell, commonwealth Attorney General, has, in response, released the following opinion (summary):
Passage of marriage amendment will not affect current legal rights of unmarried persons involving contracts, wills, advance medical directives, shared equity agreements, or group accident and sickness insurance policies, or alter any other rights that do not ‘approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage” or create “the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.’ Passage of amendment will not modify application and enforcement of Virginia’s domestic violence laws. (link)
So much for that red herring.